Ahead of this weekend’s 2021 Buildcorp Super W opener between the St.George Queensland Reds and NSW Waratahs Women at Easts Rugby Union Club, the Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) have today confirmed both the Captain and Vice-Captain of the women’s squad.
Scrumhalf Cobie-Jane Morgan has been named as Captain and will be supported by backrower Lucy Lockhart as Vice-Captain.
Morgan, a veteran of the Women’s game having debuted for the Wallaroos in 2009, has represented Australia at three Rugby World Cups, whilst also having played for the Australian Sevens.
Morgan made the move to Brisbane after representing NSW in the first Super W season in 2018, and has been a staple of the Queensland side since, whilst working as a teacher and introducing the next generation to the game as a coach of schoolgirls Rugby.
“I’m super grateful and honoured to be leading the squad,” said Morgan.
“There is lots of talent coming through and to be given the opportunity by the coaching staff to lead this team, I couldn’t be prouder.
“We have a lot of Bond girls who have come through the AON University Sevens series and club players from Easts and Sunnybank, who have been rewarded for their great form in club Rugby. There is lots of young talent and I can’t wait to play alongside them.”
Lockhart, who was part of the first Queensland Super W squad in 2018, has returned to the fold after a stint overseas with Worchester Warriors in England, having made the move back to Australia in 2020 and staring for Bond University in the Queensland Premier Rugby Women’s competition.
Lockhart originally came through the Australian Defence Force pathway to be selected for Queensland, she is now working as a teacher at Miami State High School having completed her studies in February.
“It’s such a big deal for me, being named vice-captain alongside Cobie, it’s an honour to be in that position,” said Lockhart.
“There are a lot of new faces, but we have a solid group with a mix of talent and they’ve been training hard so I think it will be a good tournament for us.”
Head coach Rama Chand said: “Both Cobie-Jane and Lucy are strong voices within our group and fitting leaders of the team for 2021.
“The duo have a long standing connection to the game here in Queensland and have earned the respect of the coaches and players on-and-off the field.
“I’m confident that both women will be strong leaders for us this season and I’m looking forward to seeing them lead the team out at Easts this weekend for our first clash against NSW.”
The Queensland side start their campaign this Saturday, 19 June, at Easts Rugby Union Club, against the NSW Waratahs Women, kick-off at 1:30pm.
Easts will be hosting their annual Ladies Day function and the Round 11 AllSports Physiotherapy Hospital Challenge Cup clash between Easts and Bond University will take place after the Super W match.
“Playing at Easts this weekend, I’ll be on home turf - it’s my club,” said Morgan.
“It’s ladies day so there will be lots of supporters there, I know the community will be behind us and last weekend we had a day with the Brisbane junior girls at Brothers Rugby Club so they will be there supporting us as well.”